Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

Best Bets for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Encourage your reluctant middle-school reader with these addictive titles.
Cover image for 666: The Number of the Beast
666: The Number of the Beast

Tales of Evil. Tales of Darkness. Tales of Beasts. There's the... Vampire who visits the same girl every night. Dangerous rumor that turns all too deadly. Zombie who couldn't look more innocent. Boarding school plagued by a tortured ghost.

Read More
Cover image for Airhead
Series: Airhead, Book #1
by Meg Cabot

Em Watts is gone...

Read More

Hardcovers : $13.59

Buy Now

Paperbacks : $9.99

Buy Now
Cover image for Ark Angel
Ark Angel
Series: Alex Rider Adventure, Book #6
by Anthony Horowitz

The sniper's bullet nearly killed him. But Alex Rider managed to survive...just in time for more trouble to come his way. 

Read More
The Amazing Spider-Man: Coming Home
by J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael Straczynski is a man who has made his mark in many ways, whether in the world of science fiction and television with the hit Babylon 5 or in the comic book industry with such books as Rising Stars and Midnight Nation.
Read More
Among the Betrayed
Series: Shadow Children, Book #3
by Margaret Peterson Haddix
What does it mean to save yourself?

Nina Idi — a third child in a society where families are allowed only two children — has been betrayed by the boy she loved, and arrested by the Population Police for exposing other alleged third children.

Read More
Cover image for Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
by Louise Rennison
Angus: My mixed-breed cat, half domestic tabby, half Scottish wildcat. The size of a small Labrador, only mad. Likes to stalk Mr. and Mrs. Next Door's poodle. I used to drag him around on a lead, but, as I explained to Mrs. Next Door, he ate it.
Read More
Cover image for Bronx Masquerade
Bronx Masquerade
by Nikki Grimes
When Wesley Boone writes a poem for his high school English class and reads it aloud, poetry-slam-style, he kicks off a revolution. Soon his classmates are clamoring to have weekly poetry sessions. One by one, eighteen students take on the risky challenge of self-revelation.
Read More
Cover image for Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie
by Jordan Sonnenblick
Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down.
Read More

Paperbacks : $7.99

Buy Now
Cover image for The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali
by Walter Dean Myers
The life and times of Muhammad Ali, who transformed boxing and became one of the world's most engaging and charismatic athletes, as told by renowned Newbery Honor author Walter Dean Myers. It is the perfect choice for both young adult sports fans and fans of the author himself.
Read More

Paperbacks : $6.99

Buy Now
Cover image for The Girls
The Girls
by Amy Goldman Koss
Maya has been part of the group ever since the day Candace asked her if she wanted to "do lunch" in the cafeteria. Yet when Candace suddenly deems her unworthy, Maya's so-called friends just blow her off.
Read More
Cover image for How to Steal a Car
How to Steal a Car
by Pete Hautman
Some girls act out by drinking or doing drugs. Some girls act out by sleeping with guys. Some girls act out by starving themselves or cutting themselves.

Not Kelleigh. Kelleigh steals cars.

Read More

Paperbacks : $7.19

Buy Now

Hardcovers : $16.99

Buy Now
Cover image for I Will Survive
I Will Survive
by Kristen Kemp
Poor Ellen. Her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend and her best friend is in love with her when he really shouldn't be. Her beauty queen sister is on a rampage. And her mom is having an affair with one of her teachers.
Read More
Cover image for Midnight Magic
Midnight Magic
by Avi

Under house arrest for confessing to being a magician, Mangus is summoned by the king to free his daughter, Princess Teresina, from the torment of a terrifying ghost. If Mangus cannot free her, it means certain death. But Mangus doesn't believe in ghosts — he doesn't even believe in magic!

Read More

Paperbacks : $6.99

Buy Now
Cover image for Oh, Yuck!: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
Oh, Yuck!: The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty
by Joy Masoff Illustrated by Terry Sirrell

Kids love stuff that's gross. From the liquids, solids, and gases — especially the gases! — or their own bodies to the creepy, crawly, slimy, slithery, fetid, and feculent phenomena in the world at large, kids with a curious bent just can't get enough.

Read More
Simpsons Comics Unchained
by Matt Groening
Attention, citizens! Lock your doors and windows! Run for your lives! The Simpsons are busting out the bindings of their biggest and best book yet, and no one is safe from their maniacal comic madness!
Read More
Cover image for Snail Mail No More
Snail Mail No More
by Paula Danziger , Ann M. Martin

In this powerful sequel to the acclaimed novel-in-letters P.S. Longer Letter Later, best friends Elizabeth and Tara*Starr are still totally different. Tara*Starr accessorizes with glitter and sequins and loves to be in the spotlight.

Read More
Cover image for The Son of the Mob
The Son of the Mob
Series: Son of the Mob, Book #1
by Gordon Korman , Gordon Karman
Seventeen-year-old Vince Luca has always tried to ignore and hold himself apart from the dealings of his father, who is believed to be connected to mob activities. But when he falls in love with Kendra, the daughter of the FBI agent who has bugged his hom
Read More
Cover image for Ten Things I Hate About Me
Ten Things I Hate About Me
by Randa Abdel-Fattah

"At school I'm Aussie-blonde Jamie — one of the crowd. At home I'm Muslim Jamilah — driven mad by my Stone Age dad. I should win an Oscar for my acting skills. But I can't keep it up for much longer..."

Read More
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook
Practical advice is mixed with some rather bizarre facts, all useful--perhaps even critical--for anyone suddenly finding themselves in a life-or-death situation.
Read More

Find Just-Right Books